Arctic Foxy

The 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony

Winners announced

8 December 2016
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Arctic Inspiration prize

An immense territory of majestic beauty, the Canadian Arctic is home to a growing population of over 100,000 northern Canadians, with a majority of indigenous peoples with a millennial history and rich culture. Once considered as the last frontier, change and modernization are rapidly making the Arctic more accessible and the subject of increasing public, scientific, industrial and political interest.

Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities of accelerating changes in the Arctic environment, culture, technology and economy require innovative approaches, mobilizing the best knowledge from various sources into concrete solutions.

The Arctic Inspiration Prize recognizes and promotes the extraordinary contribution made by teams in the gathering of Arctic knowledge and their plans to implement this knowledge to real world applications for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic, Arctic Peoples and therefore Canada as a whole.

The $1 million CAD Arctic Inspiration Prize is awarded annually. There are five equally important pillars that contribute to its ongoing success: the $1 million annual prize money, the teams who apply for and win the Prize, the distinguished Selection Committee and our remarkable, engaged Partners and Ambassadors.

The motivation for the Arctic Inspiration Prize is derived from our wish as immigrants to contribute to the future of our adopted country of choice with a focus on the Canadian Arctic, its major challenges and opportunities in the face of rapid changes in environment, culture, technology and economy.

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize excellence and encourage teamwork among diverse groups in order to use or expand Arctic knowledge and bring it into action for the decisive benefit of the Canadian Arctic, its inhabitants and therefore for Canada as a whole. The use of media and social network communication intends to put these achievements in the spotlight from coast to coast to coast.

It is our dream and hope the Prize will create an ever growing network of individuals and organizations with a compassion for the North, comprised of northerners and southerners, aboriginal organizations and corporations, governments, businesses and industries, NGOs, and philanthropy, research and education, which together encourages, enables and celebrates the many achievements of the people of the North."

Sima Sharifi and Arnold Witzig, Co-Founders